Residents’ Information

Weekend picks It’s opening weekend for Up Theater’s production of Lost Sock Laundry in Hudson Heights. A neighborhood favorite, the shearing of the heather, right, takes place tomorrow morning in the Heather Garden, near the Hudson Heights entrace to Fort Tryon Park. Bagpipers will lead the way. On Sunday Columbia baseball closes a series against Penn, and the Columbia softball team hosts Harvard; all games in Inwood. —9:41 a.m., April 12

Participatory budgeting Where should the city make improvements? Parks, schools, streets, subway stations … all are up for consideration. Express your preferences through the participatory budgeting process here through Sunday. You’ll be asked to enter our council member’s name: Carmen De La Rosa. —7:19 a.m., April 11

 

Gym care Getting in shape for the summer? If burning extra calories is part of your spring regimen, remember to leave the air purifier on: It cuts down allergens and odors. —7:19 a.m., April 10

 

Farewell, festival The most famous event in the Heights is over. After decades of fun and hundreds of thousands of visitors, the Medieval Festival has gone the way of the middle ages. Its sponsor, the Washington Heights & Inwood Development Corporation, is changing directions, according to a post in March announcing that it will no longer organize the event (we just came across it). The corporation canceled last year’s festival owing to costs, and more recently decided refocus its resources on better ways of assisting Uptown residents. Joseph Laufer, the chairman of the board, made no mention of whether anyone will step up to take over. —8:19 a.m., April 8

 

GWB delays Expect delays, road closures, and a heavy presence of emergency personnel near the  Henry Hudson Parkway at the GWB. Use alternativee routes to avoid the area and allow for additional travel time. —4:21 p.m., April 7

 

Neighbors’ requests Did you see a package from Lamptwist in the bin? Connie’s looking for it; UPS says it was delivered Thursday. Alison would like to borrow a coffee urn or a carafe for next Sunday — and she has some elephant- and whale-themed crib sheets to give away. —8:07 a.m., April 7

 

Aftershock survey Did you feel last night’s aftershock? The U.S. Geological Survey would like to know about it. Here’s a brief survey you can fill out. —8:15 a.m., April 6

Application Forms

Download the forms you need, posted here as pdf files. If you don’t see what you’re looking for here, please call our property manager, who can also send you any of these forms through the mail.

Automatic Payment
Never be late again with your maintenance fee. Sign up for automatic payment from your checking account. It’s ideal for travelers. There’s no cost, and with it you’ll never pay another late fee.
ACH Form Scan.PDF
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Bike Rack
Store your bicycle in the basement storage room. Please keep it locked to the rack. To get your rack, fill out this form. (It’s the same as the Storage Cage form, just check the Bike Rack box at the bottom.)
Pinehurst 447 Storage Lease.pdf
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Decoration Agreement
If the improvement you’re planning is less extensive than a renovation but you’re still planning to use outside help to complete the job, you may be eligible to use the decoration agreement. It’s less extensive than the alteration agreement (below, under Renovations and Alterations). Before submitting a decoration agreement, please visit with the property manager.
Pinehurst 447 Decoration Agreement.pdf
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Renovations and Alterations
Renovations fall into this category. Use this form to submit with your plans. If you believe your work is not extensive, please contact the property manager to see if you qualify to work under a decoration agreement (see above). Mail the completed form to Hedda at Argo, 50 West 17 Street, NYC 10011-5702.
Pinehurst 447 Alteration Agreement.pdf
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Sale/Purchase of Apartment Shares
The purchaser should fill out this document to apply to transfer shares from the seller.
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Storage Cage
If your apartment is too cluttered, store your overflowing belongings in a storage cage in the basement. To get your cage, fill out this document.
Pinehurst 447 Storage Lease.pdf
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Sublet
If you plan to sublet your apartment, your proposed subtenant needs to complete this document.
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     The documents you will need for some other puposes are available from different web sites. Here are the most popular:


Gym

     Ask John or a board member for the permission form.

 

Pets

      Have a new best friend? The building welcomes most pets but requires proof of their immunizations and, for dogs, a city license. The house rules outline a pet owner’s responsibilities (at Section 24). If your pet is a pup and you need a dog license, find out how to file the paperwork here. The form needs to be notarized.
 

Contacting Us

Have a question about the House Rules, or how to get a storage cage? Ask one of your directors. This year they are:

     Jennifer Peng, president

     Jessica Benoit, secretary

     Nilou Safinya, treasurer
     Allison Hiroto, vice president
     Riva Hocherman, vice president

Contact them at board@thepinehurst.org or just say hi in the elevator or at the mailboxes. They will be happy to help you.

     Fehim Redzpagic is our superintendent. You can reach him by calling (646) 372-0092 or by sending an email to Super@ThePinehurst.org.

     While you’re thinking of the building, help us keep your contact information current so you will receive official mail from the corporation and Argo without delay. If you have children moving out or roommates moving in, please tell us. Your information will not appear on this web site. If you do not want it to appear on our internal contact sheet, simply say so.

    The secretary is responsible for keeping our records current, so when you have updates to your contact preferecnes please keep us in the loop by sending them to Secretary@ThePinehurst.org or one of these addresses:
    
board@thepinehurst.org For general questions
    
super@thepinehurst.org To reach the super
    
secretary@thepinehurst.org To update your contact details
    
web@thepinehurst.org Reaches the webmaster
     You may also call the property manager, John
Duff, at (212) 896-8600, and mail correspondence to us at 447 Ft. Washington Avenue, No. 68, New York NY 10033.

 

Delivery Security and Package Pirates

Have you lost a box after it was delivered and before you picked it up? You’re not alone: 90,000 of them go missing in New York every day, and residents in some buildings are protecting themselves.

     It’s terribly frustrating to have a delivery go missing despite our best efforts. If it happens to you, please follow these steps:

 

1. Ensure delivery confirmation with the delivery service (USPS, UPS, Amazon, etc.).

2. File a police report with the 32nd Precinct at (212) 690-6311.

3. Notify management of your missing package.

4. The police will contact management to obtain surveillance video. As per the House Rules, security camera footage is not provided to residents.

 

     To keep your delivery from being stolen, follow suggestions from the Wirecutter, or try some of the tips we’ve collected to protect your goods. There’s no guarantee they will work, but any of them will help keep your package yours.

     You can help your first-floor neighbors with their deliveries: If you see a package left at their door, put it in the bin.

• Once your package is delivered, pick it up! The longer you wait, the more likely it is to go missing. And when lots of residents leave their packages uncollected, the space fills up and someone’s package has to be left outside the door, where thieves can prey on it.

 

• Have your package held at the post office, or sign up for informed delivery from the USPS.

 

Amazon (and many other businesses) lets you add delivery instructions to your shipping address. Of course, the delivery agent may not follow your instructions, but you can at the very least instruct them leave it by the cage.

 

• If you’re going to be out of town for more than a few days, the Post Office will hold your mail if you

sign up for the free service.

 

• Take advantage of “Ship to Store” option when it’s available. Amazon offers a locker feature that allows you to pick up your package from a secure location, whether near home or work. The closest is at the Rite Aid in Lower WaHi, at 4046 Broadway at 171st Street.

 

• Request signature confirmation for delivery.

 

• Never buzz in someone whose identity you can’t establish.

 

• When you see strangers in the building, a friendly “hello” or “can I help you find someone?” will let them know the residents are paying attention to visitors.

 

• And if you see a package at a neighbor’s door, you could collect it and let them know you have it.

 

     A magazine for co-op apartments suggests being aware of restaurant delivery personnel. The Denver Police Department says one effective deterrent is simply asking a neighbor to accept a package for you.

     If you’re clever, you could try what a NASA engineer has up his sleeve for porch pirates, but it involves a lot of glitter and amassing a certain … scent.

 

Exterminator

Regular visits from Pest Pro started at the end of December on a probationary contract. The new sign-up sheet is now available in the laundry room; if you can’t make it there see the link to an online sign-up in your email from John on December 22. The technician will write the next visit date on the sign-up sheet.

     Pest Pro will visit the building on Friday mornings. We hope that having visits on Friday mornings will allow more of you to be home when Pest Pro visits. If you will not be home then, please let Fehim know that he can give the technician access to your apartment in your absence.

     Before every visit, please clear under your kitchen and bathroom sinks so that there is space for the technician to examine and treat those areas. If you have areas blocked off by furniture or items, prepare to move them so the tech can do a full visual inspection.

 

 

Gas Meter Reading, Inspections, and Safety

Review these gas safety tips from ConEd so you’ll know what to do if you smell something off. And remember that if you notice that rotten egg smell, do not light a match, smoke, flip a switch, ring a doorbell, or touch appliances or electronics, including your phone. Doing so can produce sparks that might cause the gas to explode.

     The state mandates inspections of gas meters and piping to keep you and your neighbors safe. If your meter (it’s probably in your kitchen) has not been inspected, call (800) 643-1289 weekdays between 7:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. or send an e-mail to gasinspections@coned.com.

     Alternatively, if yours has in fact been inspected and you’re still being asked to set up a time, take a picture of the inspection sticker and email it to the same address.

     ConEd bills you for the natural gas you use, typically for your range. Your gas meter is probably in your kitchen and looks like the one on the right. ConEd determines your gas bill by looking at those little dials to find out how much gas you used, and for accurate billing prefers to read your meter monthly.

     If you’re home when the gas meter reader knocks on your door, just let him in and he’ll be done in less than a minute. If you miss him more than once, you may receive a letter from ConEd asking for access to your apartment to read your meter. For $19, you can schedule a visit at www.coned.com/en/accounts-billing/how-to-read-your-meter, or you can just follow the instructions and record the meter reading yourself.

     Oh, those meters in the basement across from the elevator? They’re for electricity.

 

General Data Protection Regulation Info

Visitors to this website from the European Union have the protection of GDPR 2016/679 which on May 26, 2016, went into effect.

     Data collected from on thepinehurst.org are stored on the servers of Ionos, the web hosting service used by 447 Ft. Washington Owners’ Corporation doing business as The Pinehurst. The Controller is the webmaster, who may be reached at web@thepinehurst.org, and the Controller’s Representative is the property manager, John Duff, who may be reached at (212) 896-8600 or at Argo Real Estate, 50 W 17 St, New York NY 10011. The Data Protection Officer is the president of the corporation, Jennifer Peng, who may be reached at 447fwa@thepinehurst.org.

     The data we collect are those submitted voluntarily by shareholders to promote notices of sale of their apartments. There is no requirement to submit any information at any time. We store personal data for the duration that an apartment is for sale; once it is sold we delete it within four weeks of being notified of the sale. If a shareholder revokes permission for us to store personal information we shall delete it within two weeks of the shareholder’s notification.

     An individual subject to GDPR 2016/679 has the right to request from the Controller access to and rectification or erasure of personal data or restriction of processing concerning the data subject or to object to processing as well as the right to data portability. Such an individual also has the right to make a complaint the supervising authority, which is The Board of Directors. It may be reached at secretary@thepinehurst.org or at 447 Fort Washington Ave, Apt 68, New York NY 10033.

 

Grilling in the Parks

Looking for a place to light up a grill? This resource shows the safe spots in Fort Washington Park  and Inwood Hill Park.

     Grilling on the Pinehurst’s balconies and fire escapes is prohibited by law — not to mention common sense.

 

Hazardous Waste: Paint, Pesticides, CFC’s

After sprucing up your walls you probably have more paint than you can use for touch-ups. To dispose of them in the trash, let the paint dray out—just be sure you keep a window open. Once the paint is dry you can put it in the trash.

     If it’s latex paint (and it’s still wet), you can take up to five gallons to one of the city’s hazardous waste collection points. You can also drop off pesticides, electronics, motor oil and the like. The city also runs occasional Solvents, Automotive, Flammable, Electronics disposal events that are closer to home, but last only a day.

 

House Rules

Our building is a community, as well as our home. Residents share the responsibility to ensure a safe and pleasant quality of life at reasonable cost.  We count on each other to treat all areas of the building as our home, and to protect and respect the rights of all of the Residents to a safe and comfortable home. A set of guidelines helps us achieve these goals.

House Rules
The House Rules are available here. Return the cover sheet to Argo.
Please keep yourself familiar with the information in this document, which is part of your Proprietary Lease. The House Rules also include the Smoking Policy. Until the house rules are revised, shareholders who intend to sell or sublet must include the smoking policy in their sale or lease agreement. A copy of it is below, under “Smoking Policy.”
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Hurricanes, Tornadoes, and Severe Weather

Severe weather is an uncommon but dangerous phenomenon. In the summer and early fall, hurricanes may threaten the northeast. If a hurricane is threatening the city, keep on top of the evacuation map found on this page.

     Hurricanes are rare but their effects are not. Have a plan in case the weather turns severe.
     The late spring and summer can produce tornadoes. Before you hear of a tornado watch (which means that weather conditions could produce a tornado) or a tornado warning (which means a funnel cloud has been spotted, though it may not have touched the ground yet), please
review these safety precautions for you and your family.
     In short, go to the lowest level of the building, stay away from windows and remain there until the all-clear sign has been given (by the
National Weather Service, typically), and have a first aid kit handy.

 

Laundry Room

Pay for your laundry with your smart phone. Hercules has an app that connects to the washers and dryers so you don’t have to keep track of a card anymore.

     Download the Hercules CyclePay App from the Apple Store or Google Play for your IOS or Andriod phone. Full instructions on its use are in the chart on the right, which you can doawnload in the pdf below. It’s also posted in the laundry room.

Hurcules CyclePay App
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     The laundry room is open daily from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.

     To help keep us safe during the pandemic, we ask you to limit its use to two people or families at a time and to take your clean laundry back to your apartment to fold so the next person can get in sooner.

     Para mantenernos a todos sanos, implementamos algunos procedimientos nuevos ayer para usar la lavandería. La lavandería está abierta todos los días de 7 a.m. a 11 p.m. Le pedimos que limite su uso a dos personas o familias a la vez y que lleve su ropa limpia a su apartamento para doblarla para que la próxima persona pueda entrar antes.

     When you load the machines, it’s easy to feel you need to use more detergent than is necessary. That’s beacause modern cleaning products, including cleaning boosters and fabric softeners, are formulated to require less than in years past. When you put in too much, the washers cannot rinse it all out, leaving chemicals in your clothes—and leaving scents in the washers that your neighbors may not care for. Check the instructions on your detergent, boosters, and fabric softeners, and use only what’s recommended.

     Hercules maintains the laundry machines, both the washers and dryers. With our dryers, to add five minutes you must do so when at least five minutes remain in the cycle. If there is less time, you will be given 30 minutes and charged for a full cycle.
     If a machine is malfunctioning, please call Hercules at (800) 526-5760 to inform them so they may repair it. Alternatively, you may send an
e-mail to service@hercnet.com, explaining the problem and asking for a refund if you lost money. Hercules will need to know:
    BUILDING NAME Pinehurst
    BUILDING ADDRESS 447 Fort Washington Avenue
    BUILDING LOCATION Manhattan
    LAUNDRY ROOM LOCATION Basement; super required for access
    MACHINE MALFUNCTIONING Take note of the number on the machine, and if you’re asking for a refund, include your apartment number

 

Maintenance Fee Statements

We welcome you to switch to paperless billing for your monthly maintenance fee.

     If you’ve signed up and chose not to receive paper statement but they’re still arriving, we have a solution. Just send an email to John and he’ll get it straightened out.

 

Manhattan Maintenance Fees

Our fourth look at maintenance fees across Manhattan neighborhoods is available on the On The Market page. The previous survey, the third, compares fees to those in 2006 and 2008. Want to compare? Download a copy of the 2012 report by clicking on the link below.

     If you’re specifically interested in Hudson Heights maintenance fees, we have that data too:

Maintenance fees in Hudson Heights, 2017
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Manhattan Maintenance Fees, 2012
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Noise

Washington Heights is known for its noise. Luckily, Hudson Heights is a bit quieter. However, if you are bothered by loud music, a party, fireworks or other terrestrial sound, please call 311.

     If you’re tired of the drivers racing up and down Fort Washington at all hours of the night and day? Sign a petition seeking speed bumps to slow down the traffic.
     Other noise comes from the skies. Aircraft fly over our neighborhood en route to LaGuardia Airport or on their way to points west.  

     Helicopters also fly nearby, and sometimes seems to hover. If these sounds are bothersome, please call the Economic Development Corporation at (212) 619-5000 with your concerns about helicopters, or for airplanes call (718) 533-5615 and press 3 for LaGuardia.

     In late 2020 a group of Uptowners formed a task force on noise. In the spring of 2021, Council Member Mark Levine came out with a ten-point proposal to address it. One Uptown group, Respectful Decibels, seeks your comments.

 

NYC Notify

New York has a way to keep you informed of emergency information as well as less-critical topics like parking changes. Sign up to receive notifications by e-mail, text, or phone messages. To stay informed, click here: https://a858-nycnotify.nyc.gov/notifynyc/

     The city is expanding the types of notifications you can receive from its email and message service. If you’d like to add updates from the 34th Precinct, or about weather that’s dangerous to residents of basement apartments, go to NYC.gov/notifynyc, log in to your account, and update your preferences under the “My Account” tab. From here, the instructions get specific: 

     • On the right-hand side menu, select “Notification Addresses” to see your enrolled addresses.

     • Select the pencil icon next to the address you would like to add notification to.

     • At the bottom of the page, select the notifications you would like to receive for that address.

     • Select Submit

These groups are also available on the mobile app.

 

Recycling: Electronics

     Discarded electronics make up the largest growth in household hazardous waste in NYC, but you can recycle them instead.

     We have a collection unit in the basement, where you can drop off your unusable items. They will be collected by the city and either repurposed or safely dismantled.

     Your efforts make a real difference. In 2021 we recycled 880 pounds of digital detritus, and since we’ve been enrolled in the city’s e-cycling program, we’ve kept 6,447 pounds of it from landfills.

     The city will collect these electronics:

  • Televisions (including cathode ray tubes)
  • Computer peripherals, including any permanently attached cable or wiring
  • Monitors, laptops
  • Electronic keyboards
  • Electronic mice and other pointing devices
  • Fax machines, document scanners, and printers that are meant for use with a computer and weigh less than 100 lbs.
  • TV peripherals, including any permanently attached cable or wiring
  • VCRs
  • Digital video recorders
  • DVD players
  • Digital converter boxes
  • Cable or satellite receivers
  • Electronic or video game consoles
  • Small-scale servers
  • Portable devices, including any permanently attached cable or wiring
  • Portable digital music players

     Can’t find what you have to get rid of? Look here.

Recycling: Glass, Metal, Paper, Plastic

The Pinehurst is committed to recycling in accordance with New York City's goals. Most paper and plastic (but not all), glass and metal are recyclable in our bins in the garbage area.
     Compact fluorescent light bulbs require special recycling because their contents are hazardous. Also known as CFL’s, these bulbs are typically curly in shape.

     There’s a drop-off point in each borough. For Manhattan, it’s under the Manhattan Bridge at 74 Pike Slip, between Cherry and South Streets. If you have a car, the closer site is in Hunt’s Point, next to the Fulton Fish Market. The sites are open Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and at the same time on the last Friday of the month (but check before you haul your stuff). As an alternative, take your CFL bulbs to a retailer that accepts them, such as Home Depot.
     For more information on CFL recycling,
click here. And for nearly anything else, look here.    

     As we live through the pandemic and are dealing with a substantially larger volume of garbage, we are already spending more to manage our refuse. Your assistance will help us keep a lid on costs.

  1. Flatten your boxes when you put them in the recycling area. The recent picture at right shows what we want to avoid.
  2. Do not put your recycling in plastic bags. That includes plastic recycling. You can throw it all directly in the bin, which contains special bags that the city accepts.
     Keep in mind: The rules are mandated by the Department of Sanitation. So if we don't do it, Fehim will have to spend more of his time on your recycling. If he doesn’t, we pay fines — which come from your maintenance fee. So find the zen of breaking down your boxes. It will save you money, too.
     A medida que vivimos la pandemia y nos enfrentamos a un volumen de basura sustancialmente mayor, ya estamos gastando más para gestionar nuestra basura. Su ayuda nos ayudará a controlar los costos.
    1. Aplana tus cajas cuando las pongas en el área de reciclaje. La imagen arriba muestra lo que queremos evitar.
    2. No ponga su reciclaje en bolsas de plástico. Eso incluye el reciclaje de plástico. Puedes tirarlo todo directamente a la papelera, que contiene bolsas especiales que acepta la ciudad.
    Las reglas son impuestas por el Departamento de Saneamiento. Entonces, si no lo hacemos, Fehim habrá dedicado más tiempo a tu reciclaje. Si no lo hace, pagamos multas.
 

Recycle: Reusable Items

When you clean some clutter you may find yourself with perfectly good things that you don’t have any use for anymore. If you’d like to donate old clothes, electronic, or housewares to a place where they can do some good, take a look at Donate NYC, a site run by the city. It will help you find a place to drop off reusable items for upcycling.

 

Smoke Detectors

When you replace your smoke detectors, you need to upgrade to a 10-year sealed model. A 2019 state law says that all new or replacement smoke detectors must be powered by the long-lasting battery or be hardwired to your electrical system. If you want to sell your apartment, you will need to upgrade your smoke detectors before the sale goes through.

 

Smoking Policy

In August 2017 Mayor DeBlasio signed legislation that requires all NYC cooperatives and condominiums to adopt formal smoking policies. The Board adopted a policy in August 2018 and revised it in June 2023 to prohibit smoking within apartments.

Smoking Policy
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STAR Property Tax Rebate

The STAR rebate grants co-op owners (whose apartments are their primary residences) the same school tax relief that owners of real estate have received for years.
     The credit has changed. Some homeowners remain eligible to receive STAR as a property tax exemption, while others will receive the STAR personal income tax credit and will be sent a check by the state. The distinctions are made based on your income, with the lines drawn at incomes over and under $250,000.   
      If you once received the benefit but no longer do, read these instructions to find out if you qualify again. The credit is not given automatically—you  must apply for it—but if you applied in the past you may not need to do so again. So register for the credit as soon as you become an owner.
     Details on eligibility are here. The numbers you may need for The Pinehurst are:
     PROPERTY CODE RX7N991 
     LOT 87  
     BLOCK 2177

     BOROUGH 1

 

Subways and Transportation

Interactive Subway Map

     The famous map has been revised and moved online. It shows live updates of train locations, such as the one leaving 181st Street, right.

 

A Train
   
Scheduled maintenance is posted here
by the MTA.

 

181 Street: Busway
     Increasing commuters’ travel along 181st Street has been a goal of everyone for years, and with the busway plan speeds have increase by 30 percent and more. In summer 2022, the Department of Transportation made permanent its pilot plan to restrict on 181st Street traffic that isn’t a bus, truck, or emergency vehicle—unless you’re turning at the next intersection.
 

      Traffic is restricted from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. Download the department’s presentation to Community Board 12 in July 2022:

181st Street Busway Plan, June 2022
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      A previous review from Department of Transportation’s of 181st Street is here.

Announcement Archive

Weekend picks A collaboration of piano, vocal, bass, and percussion come together when Big Tent, right, performs its jazz set tonight in Inwood. Kids will enjoy discovering the ideas behind the medieval art of the Cloisters tomorrow afternoon in a hands-on activity. A very hungry caterpillar will have his story told with the accompaniment of live music on Sunday afternoon in Lower WaHi. —7:53 a.m., April 5

Parkway closure Due to flooding, all southbound lanes of the Henry Hudson Parkway are closed approaching Dyckman Street in Manhattan. Consider alternative routes and allow for additional travel time. —9:03 p.m., April 3

The Henry Hudson Parkway reopened about twenty minutes ago. —12:11 a.m., April 4

 

Banishing bugs To schedule a visit from Pest Pro, our new exterminator, add your name to the sign-up sheet in the laundry room (or check your email from John for the Google form you can use). If you will not be home when the exterminator is here, please let Fehim know if he may give the technician access to your apartment. Before every visit, clear the space under your kitchen and bathroom sinks, and if you have areas blocked off by furniture, prepare to move it so the tech can do a full visual inspection. —6:52 a.m., April 3

 

Election day Make your voice heard when you cast your ballot on Tuesday. Pinehurst residents vote at the Fort Washington Collegiate Church on 181st Street. The polls are open between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m. —7:09 a.m., April 1

 

Happy Easter Our best wishes for a joyous day. —8:07 a.m., March 31

 

Missing packages If you had an Amazon parcel that was marked delivered Thursday but it’s not actually here, it may be in the lobby of our neighbor at 500 Fort Washington Avenue. Hat tip to Ted for the info! —8:52 a.m., March 30

Weekend picks It’s your final chance to see a selection of Iberian art and artefacts from the permanent collection of the Hispanic Society, on Audubon Terrace. Take the kids to an Easter egg hunt on the Billings Lawn, right, in Fort Tryon Park on Saturday morning for prizes and games. The Quakers challenge the Lions in Ivy League baseball Sunday afternoon in Inwood. —7:53 a.m., March 29

Spring gardening We have wonderful plantings in our “back yard,” thanks to our dedicated  gardeners. If you’d like to get your thumbs dirty on a bigger scale, help Uptown’s private plot: The Riverside-Inwood Neighborhood Garden is looking for volunteers to tend the plantings. Or just to sit in the garden so it’s open to the public — you can put the host in hostas—4:51 p.m., March 27

 

Home sales How will the decision to end the National Association of Realtors’ six percent commission affect you? First, not by much until you sell your apartment (or buy a new home). Second, the change in town is unclear becauset the New York Real Estate Board is not affiliated with its national cousin, so questions remain, Here’s a look at potential changes. In the meantime, keep in mind that when you’re ready to sell your home we can help you list it. Our On the Market page is regularly in the list of our most-visited pages. —7:07 a.m., March 24

Weekend picks The tales of one of Louis XIV’s mistresses come to life in a one-woman performance tonight, right, Hudson Heights. Join an Easter egg hunt on Saturday afternoon in Lower WaHi, then take part in a Purim carnival on Sunday morning in Hudson Heights. Concerts on Sunday afternoon give you choices: piano jazz in Lower WaHi, a reed trio in Hudson Heights, and also in Hudson Heights vocal recital with harp accompaniment. —7:03 a.m., March 22

Landlord sought One of the city’s most notorious landlords, Daniel Ohebshalom, has a warrant for his arrest because he won’t fix problems at two of his buildings on 170th Street, including lead, mold, and pests. He lives in California. —9:37 a.m., March 21

 

Board lineup Share a smile with Jennifer, our new president, who takes over from Riva. Give Riva your thanks for her dedication to the building over the years, including overseeing the new interior paint scheme. She stays on as a vice president. We’re in good hands with Jennifer, who’s been president before. As always, you can reach them at board@thepinehurst.org. —7:16 a.m., March 20

 

Smoke detectors When’s the last time you changed the battery in yours? And in your carbon monoxide detector? Let the vernal equinox—spring starts today—serve as a seasonal mnemonic. If you’d like help reaching your detectors, ask Fehim. —7:02 a.m., March 19

 

Remembering Reynold’s It seems like every New York neighborhood used to have an Irish bar. Ours once had a large enough Irish population to support one: Reynold’s, just down 180th at Broadway. But like Coogan’s in Lower WaHi, it’s now but a memory. —7:34 a.m., March 17

Weekend picks Twirl your poodle skirt at a sock hop tonight before a screening of Rebel Without a Cause, right, in Lower WaHi. The Jazz Power Initiative hosts a jam session open to all on Saturday night in Lower WaHi. Kids can learn how medieval manuscripts were illuminated — illustrated by hand with intricate detail — at sessions with curators at the Cloisters on Sunday afternoon in Fort Tryon Park. —7:34 a.m., March 15

Art opening Opening night for Women in the Heights starts this evening at 6. Watch the Pix11 preview, featuring Andrea Arroyo. —11:45 a.m., March 14

 

Package bin Remember to check for deliveries in the bin, even if you aren’t expecting one. You’ll help make space for new parcels and maybe find a surprise for yourself, too. —8:31 a.m., March 13

 

Blustery day Expect winds at 25 to 35 mph today with gale-force gusts up to 55 mph unti 11 p.m. Beware of  flying debris and prepare for power outages. Charge your cell phone, have food and medicine on hand, and turn your refrigerator/freezer to a colder setting. —6:48 a.m., March 11

 

Daylight saving Bye, bye, standard time. Did you set your clock ahead last night? As of this morning we’re saving daylight. —7:03 a.m., March 10

Weekend picks The installation Dominican York brings a Caribbean perspective to the Iberian surroundings of the Hispanic Society this weekend, on Audubon Terrace. Kids can contribute to a homemade quilt, right, made of paper, to honor International Woman’s Day at the Morris-Jumel Mansion tomorrow afternoon. Here comic authors discuss their baseball-themed book at Recirculation on Sunday afternoon. —7:41 a.m., March 8

Stormy weather An additional 1 to 3 inches of rain will likely start falling early this afternoon. Heavy rain may cause flooding on streets, underpasses, and in spots with poor drainage. Watch your step, and if you’re driving, be careful of low-lying areas. —7:35 a.m., March 6

 

Winter fades The days are getting warmer as the seasons are about to change. If you’re heading to a park, look for these signs of spring. It’s just two weeks away. —7:26 a.m., March 4

 

Road race Look out the front door and you’ll see preparations for the 10k race this morning. The first heat starts near the Armory at 9, going up and down Fort Washington Avenue. We’ll have the street back before noon, but the A Train won’t resume until tomorrow morning. —7:44 a.m., March 3

Weekend picks An Arvo Pärt composition gets a subterranean performance tonight in the Crypt Series in Lower WaHi. The Jewish matchmaker Aleeza Ben Shalom, right, explains the ins and outs of dating at a live performance at the Unite Palace on Saturday night. Get ready for the Salsa, Blues, and Shamrocks road race on Sunday morning, which closes Fort Washington Avenue at our front door. —6:32 a.m., March 1

Subway switches With the annual Salsa, Blues, and Shamrocks road race on Sunday morning, the A Train will be stopping at 168th Street starting Friday night. You’ll take a shuttle bus to get home. Service resumes Monday morning. If you park a car nearby, keep in mind that you won’t be able to cross Fort Washington Avenue before and during the race, which starts at 9. —7:24 a.m., February 29

 

Historic buildings Has an architectural gem caught your eye? Community Board 12 and the Historic District Council launched a survey to identify more historically, culturally, and architecturally significant buildings in Uptown to preserve and designate as landmarks. Submit a suggestion and be entered to win a $10 gift card. —7:49 a.m., February 26

 

Piano man For Billy Joel’s first music video since 1993, he turned to the stage of the United Palace Theater. “Turn the Lights Back On” debuted at the Grammy Awards, and the video came out last week. Shots of the theater’s electic features balance videos of the singer’s past. —8:31 a.m., February 25

Weekend picks Enjoy a concert of Mozart highlights tonight in Hudson Heights. Scan the sky for stars, planets, and more at an outdoor astronomy event Saturday evening in Inwood. The show of Uptown’s history in photographs, Past / Present, right, closes on Sunday in Lower WaHi. —8:27 a.m., February 23

Wet paint To cover the gouges in the stairwell, Fehim will spend three days touching up the walls starting today. Watch for the wet paint signs. And once it’s dry, please take care when using the stairs to protect the walls. —6:07 a.m., February 20

 

Silver alert Help her family find Neida Rodriguez, an 87-year-old Hispanic female, who was last seen near 174th Street and Broadway on Tuesday morning. She has dementia, stands 5'7" tall, weights 150 pounds, has red hair and brown eyes, and was wearing a tan jacket and blue sneakers with white lining. If you see her, please call (800) 577-8477 (TIPS) or 9-1-1. —6:22 a.m., February 19

 

Package pick-ups Help keep the bin accessible to new deliveries: Retrieve your parcel to make room for the next box. It’s a practical way to keep them from going missing. A few other tips:

1. Ensure delivery confirmation with the delivery service (USPS, UPS, Amazon, etc.).

2. Can’t find your package? File a police report with the 32nd Precinct at (212) 690-6311.

            3. Notify Fehim of your missing package.

We’ve assembled more suggestions under “Delivery Security,” below. —8:47 a.m., February 18

 

Weather advisory Expect 2 to 4 inches of snow and gusty winds, which may cause severe travel difficulties this morning. Check on your neighbors, especially the elderly. —6:11 a.m., February 17

Weekend picks Conclude your week with a performance of Bach by candlelight tonight in The Lounge in Hudson Heights. Not into Bach? Some like it hot, and the Jazz Power Initiative sets the temperature in its concert Saturday night in Lower WaHi. A workshop for kids explains how medieval metalworkers practiced their craft, right, at The Cloisters on Sunday afternoon in Fort Tryon Park. —7:08 a.m., February 16

Stairway gouges Since repainting the interior, you’ve probably noticed gouges and markings along the stairwells, likely from residents who are carrying bicycles and other bulky items that are adding extra wear and tear to the walls. Fehim will spend three days touching up the walls starting Tuesday. Please take care in the stairwell to not gouge the walls. —8:04 a.m., February 15

 

Going up Techinicians from the United Elevator Company will be here on Thursday to take a look at the elevator. —3:53 p.m., February 14

 

Thanks, Fehim We’re probably not going to get as much snow as the forecast called for. Even with just a few inches, Fehim is keeping the sidewalks clear. If you see him, pause and say thanks for keeping us safe from slips and falls. —8:44 a.m., February 13

 

Winter storm Get ready for more snow. We’re expecting between 5 and 8 inches and 40 mph winds starting tomorrow morning at 4 and continuing until 6 p.m. With all that we will see significant travel difficulties. Roads may be dangerous so use mass transit if possible. Prepare today by charging your cell phone, gathering supplies, and turning your refrigerator and freezer to a colder setting (in case the power goes out). —7:16 a.m., February 12

 

Bye-bye, bugs Cool weather drives tiny creatures inside. Keep interlopers out of your apartment and the building by scheduling an appointment with our exterminator. Please let us know if you’d like to take advantage of the service. —9:08 a.m., February 11

Weekend picks The culminating production of the winter workshop of the People’s Theatre Project is performed tonight in Lower WaHi. Kids can make Victorian-era Valentine’s greetings, right, at a family demonstration at the Morris-Jumel Mansion tomorrow afternoon on Jumel Terrace. The country’s most storied track meet, outside the Olympics, takes place Sunday when pro and amateur athletes compete in the Milrose Games at the Armory on Fort Washington Avenue. —7:21 a.m., February 9

Community Board Meet your Uptown neighbors who volunteer to improve the city with their work on Community Board 12 at a Friday social at the Chophouse in Inwood on Broadway at 213th Street. They’re interested in hearing what interests you. And if you’re interested in joining this civic-minded group, they will answer your questions. Tomorrow night from 7 to 10. —7:18 a.m., February 8

 

Historic buildings The Historic District Council and Community Board 12 ask for your help to identify historically, culturally, and architecturally significant buildings in neighborhoods from Lower WaHi to Inwood. The goal is to preserve and designate important buildings as landmarks. Submit your nomination here and you’ll be entered to win a $10 gift card. —7:32 a.m., February 6

 

GWB delay An overturned vehicle is leading to extensive traffic delays on the westbound lower level. Consider alternative routes and allow for additional travel time. —10:22 p.m., February 4

 

Restaurant week Today’s your last chance to enjoy a three-course prix fixe menu at one of the five Uptown restaurants participating in the semi-annual event. Two of the eateries are in Hudson Heights; the list is here. —8:55 a.m., February 4

Weekend picks These are your last few days to see the Picasso exhibition on Audubon Terrace at the Hispanic Society, which showcases his inspiration from Spain, including Don Quixote, right. Dress for the weather and take a vigorous hike through Fort Tryon Park on Saturday morning. Kids in kindergarten through sixth grade can learn basketball basics in one of the age-appropriate classes in Fort George on Sunday morning. —7:36 a.m., February 2

GWB delay Thanks to a collision this morning, all upper-level westbound lanes of the GWB are closed. Consider alternative routes and allow for additional travel time. —10:22 a.m., January 29

 

Movie selection You have until 5 today to vote for films to include in the United Palace’s new cinema series, the Season of Friendship. See the current selection and the films in the running then cast your vote for three films today. —9:10 a.m., January 28

Weekend picks Enjoy a meal at during Restaurant Week today. Four nearby spots participate with three-course prix fixe meals. Two are in Hudson Heights and two more are across Broadway in Fort George. Tomorrow evening you can enjoy refreshments and a concert at the Washington Heights Chamber Orchestra’s winter soirée in Hudson Heights. Explore winter on Sunday afternoon with a vigorous hike through Highbridge Park, right. —8:13 a.m., January 26

Subway gates The 191st Street Station of the 1 Train is the first in the city to get steel barriers along the platform edges. They were installed over the weekend. —7:04 a.m., January 24

 

Inwoodhenge If you like outdoor geometry, get on the street for sunrise and sunset to see the shadows line up with the streets. The “Manhattanhenge” effect works today in Inwood, where the grid there is so katy-wompus that the sun aligns when it is due “south.” Today at dawn (7:14) and dusk (5:01). —6:55 a.m., January 23

 

Movie selection The United Palace is debuting a new cinema series this year, and the Season of Friendship needs your help to fill out its screening list. The first five are Rebel Without a Cause (1955), The Producers (1967), Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977), Thelma and Louise (1991), and Finding Nemo (2003). Looks like they need one from the ’80s and the teens. Cast your vote for three films here by Friday midnight. —7:01 a.m., January 22

 

Natural gas Although we heat the building with steam, most of us cook with a gas range. Review these gas safety tips from ConEd so you’ll know what to do if you smell something off. And remember that if you notice that rotten egg smell, do not light a match, smoke, flip a switch, ring a doorbell, or touch appliances or electronics, including your phone. Doing so can produce sparks that might cause the gas to explode. —7:34 a.m., January 21

Weekend picks Middle school and high school athletes compete in a regional track meet at the Armory starting this evening. West African rhythms groove in Inwood tomorrow night. The Cornerstone Chorale, right, performs its winter concert on Sunday evening in Hudson Heights. —7:46 a.m., January 19

Buzzing in With the cold and snowy weather, some people may look for a place to get warm and dry. That’s a challenge to our security. When you enter the building, be aware of anyone behind you and if you don’t recognize them, ask them to buzz the person they’re visiting. And when you buzz in your own visitors, be sure to establish their identity first. —12:30 p.m., January 17

 

Restaurant Week Five Uptown restaurants are offering three-course prix fixe meals for the winter promotion, including two in Hudson Heights. That’s got to be a record! Restaurant Week—which lasts twenty days—starts today. The list of participating spots is here. —7:48 a.m., January 16

 

A day on Make this MLK Day a day of service. If you’re up for braving the weather, make sandwiches and cards at Fort Washington Collegiate Church in Hudson Heights, pack food boxes in Fort George, or take a winter coat you aren’t using or non-perishable food to Word Up Community Bookshop in Lower WaHi. Details here. —7:41 a.m., January 15

 

Snow squalls An arctic cold front is expected to sweep through the region this afternoon, bringing with it the potential for snow squalls which could lead to rapid a reduction in visibility, gusty winds, and briefly moderate to heavy snow, creating hazardous roadway conditions. If a snow squall occurs, expect a quick coating to a half-inch of snow noon and 3. —9:27 a.m., January 14

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